Wrench Tips

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Wrench Tip: In Defense of Cheap Tools

by Matt Brown

I have a $400 multimeter in my toolbox. I’m not sure why, but at some point in the recent past, I decided I needed to measure voltage with an accuracy of less than one-tenth of one percent and current down to ten microamps. Sitting on top of it, is that red multimeter that Harbor Freight occasionally gives away free with any purchase. Guess which one gets used most often?


 

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Wrench Tip: How To Plug A Tire

by David Zipf

Flat tires suck. They're always a hassle and they ALWAYS come at the most inopportune or annoying times. As a former tire changer/ tire repair man, I've seen all sorts of weird stuff in people's tires: nails, screws, screwdrivers, spark plugs, large chunks of metal (I'm not making any of those up either).  In the old days I'd be going to a repair shop to fix my tires, but these days, I just do it myself.


 

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Wrench Tip: How to Do Your Own Alignment!

by Nikita Rushmanov

When most people hear the word alignment, they think of two things-- lasers and alignment racks. There is a preconceived notion that in order to achieve an accurate alignment, you need a $50,000 alignment rack. That is simply not true. With a little ingenuity and math, you can achieve extremely accurate alignments without any expensive tooling whatsoever. When racers hear the word alignment, they think of strings and levels. 


 

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15

Wrench Tip: Torquing Unreachable Fasteners

by Nikita Rushmanov

Have you ever looked at your service manual for a torque spec, only to curse, “What the hell were those engineers thinking?” We certainly have, but there is always a way to get things done by the book. The perfect example of an impossible torque spec is the driveshaft to differential flange on a 240sx. In this case, it’s impossible to get a socket on the nut because there is not enough room between the flange and the differential housing. Additionally, the hex head of the bolt on the other side is jammed against the flange, so you can’t torque that either. As a result of this, a lot of 240 owners we know never actually use a torque wrench on their driveshafts, instead opting to torque to “2 uga ugas” with an open ended wrench. To compliment this, we’ve also seen a few 240 driveshafts rattle loose, or in some cases come off completely, punching holes in the floor pan.

So what’s the solution? Let us show you!


 

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Wrench Tip: The Ultimate Oil Filter Wrench That You Need to Buy Right Now!

by David Zipf

You've been using the wrong tool to change your oil filter. Read our latest Wrench Tip to find out what you've been missing out on!


 

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08

MotoIQ Wrench Tip - How to Gap Piston Rings

by Mike Kojima

Setting the gap on your piston rings is an important step to building an engine that performs at its best.  Getting your piston rings to have the optimal seal is perhaps the most critical aspect of good engine building.  Of course you want to spend time assuring that your machine work and cylinder wall finish is correct for the type of rings used but a lot of people neglect blueprinting the ring gap.


 

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14

Wrench Tip: How To Fix a Faulty Key Fob

by David Zipf

If you drive an older car with keyless entry, you will notice over time that the buttons stop working.  The general solution is to simply replace the battery.  But sometimes that doesn’t actually fix anything.  Other times only one button isn't working while the rest are.  If this is the case, the real problem lies deeper and fortunately, it’s an easy fix with some simple tools and about 5 minutes of time.


 

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21

Wrench Tip: How to Fix a Bumper Cover

by David Zipf

Fender benders suck.  Even a light knock can craze paint, crack light lenses, and put holes in bumpers.  While the damage usually isn’t structural, replacing all those plastic bits can be a real hassle and it gets expensive fast.  And then there’s paint: not only do you lose your car, but a respray is never quite as good as the factory paint.  Surely, if you have been in a minor parking lot scuffle, there’s a better way of dealing with plastic damage than to chuck the bumper and start from scratch?  Luckily enough, there is.


 

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Wrench Tips #31: Cardboard Aided Design

C.A.D. - Cardboard Aided Design

by Dan Barnes

It was an epiphany when I walked into a race shop and saw the interior tin work of an under-construction Rolex GT car mocked up entirely in white illustration board, clecos and blue tape. I made a mental note: I can do that! I can even afford that! Now my projects turn out better with the use of old cereal boxes, scissors and tape.


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27

Wrench Tip: Get a Jewelry Cleaner

by David Zipf

Cleaning small parts can be a real hassle.  If you’re rebuilding, say, a carburetor, with lots of little jets, needles, and pins and screws, it can be very easy to break or lose something.  Some parts refuse to come clean, even when scrubbed with strong solvents (brake calipers are a great example of this).  So what’s a car guy to do?


 

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10

Wrench Tip: Alternate Bushing Press

by David Zipf

What do you do when you need to press in a bushing but don't have a press or vice handy?  Read our Wrench Tip to find out.


 

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10

Wrench Tip: How To Remove a Bolt From Plastic

by David Zipf

I had the recent displeasure of being rear-ended in the Vehicross.  Luckily, the accident wasn't too bad (and we will get into it more in a later project installment), but the bumper cover did need to be replaced.  We decided to replace our damaged bumper with a used one.  The used bumper was in good shape, but we found a number of the mounting bolts were rusted onto what was left of the bumper support.  We would have to remove these bolts without damaging the new cover.  This would require a delicate mix of power tools, cleverness, and a basic understanding of heat transfer.


 

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Wrench Tip: How To Make Diff Oil Changes Easier

by David Zipf

Changing diff oil sucks enough without doing it on the ground in the dead of winter.  This Wrench Tip makes changing diff oil suck slightly less than normal.


 

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Wrench Tip: Save your Exhaust Hangers!

by David Zipf

Do you have broken exhaust hangers?  Are you sick of them?  Well then try this Wrench Tip to stop them from coming back.


 

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11

Wrench Tip: Creative Spark Plug Removal

by David Zipf

How do you replace the spark plugs in a V-block engine when there are items like brake boosters, fenders, and other junk in the way?  U-joints sometimes work, but when that fails (or you forgot to pack them when you moved), try this tip.


 

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Wrench Tip: Cheap Breaker Bar

by David Zipf

The saying goes “the right tool for the right job.”  And it is 100% correct.  But what happens when you don’t have the right tool?  Sometimes you need to improvise.  See how we make a piece of plumbing pipe do things it was never intended to do.


 

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10

Wrench Tip: Why Tire Age Really Matters

by David Zipf

Dave Coleman told you how to figure out how old your tires are by looking at the date code.  He also mentioned that older tires tend to be greasy when you push them to the limit.  However, there's one other thing he didn't mention that's rather important when shopping for used tires.


 

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Wrench Tip: Stop Stripping Screw Heads!

by David Zipf

Tired of stripping old screwheads?  This wrench tip will help you make stripped screws a distant memory.


 

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Wrench Tips #33: Old Tires Suck

by Dave Coleman

If you don't understand this secret code on your sidewall, you'll crash and die until you're dead!


 

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09

MotoIQ Garage Fabrication: Introduction to Fab 
(and how to mess with your friends)

By Steve Rockwood

There comes a time in every car nut's life where no one sells that much-needed part and it must be fabricated from raw materials.  Taking it to a local machine or fabrication shop is an obvious choice, and can definitely yield excellent results.  However, many times the scheduling doesn't pan out, the work is unsatisfactory, or the fabricator is extremely proud of his work with pricing to match.  Most of us, to one extent or another, begin to realize that making parts at home makes sense from an economic standpoint. Unfortunately, in many cases our first attempts at "fabrication" are met with booger welds, frustration, pain and unwanted fires.  Enter MotoIQ's Garage Fabrication Tips: helping you make probably safe parts at home.


 

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